It’s harder to stay on top than it is to get on top. On top is a comparison thing. Comparison is not always helpful
The Toronto Maple Leafs as we know them now, came to be in 1927. Their predecessor the St. Pats won the championship in 1922, and by 1931 they were a serious contender for the championship every year. Winning the first in 1932, they went on for 20 years winning seven Stanley Cups and being runner-up five more years. The fifteen years following were not so bad either. Four cups and runner up twice. Since then. Not so good. No wins and no appearance in the finals since 1967.
When you are on top, people try harder against you. People observe what you do and copy the good parts. They look for weaknesses and try to take advantage of them. In short you cannot stay as you are and stay on top. As the dinosaurs discovered, you have to change or die.
To stay on top you must do things better than everyone else and they are using your best material against you. Players can be good but hockey is a team game and a few good players can’t win by themselves. The Leafs have had some Hall of Fame players recently but not enough and not at the right times. Borje Salming, Lanny MacDonald, Doug Gilmour and Darryl Sittler were dominant in their day. There were other well respected players too. Wendel Clark is one from the late 80s and early 90s.
Management was erratic for many of the years. Harold Ballard was eccentric to say the least. Now there is corporate ownership and it is difficult to create team-lead passion from there.
A team is more than a collection of players.
You cannot be on top in every metric, so don’t waste your time. Bill Gates is not the richest person in his own zip code. Strength and beauty are not durable. Smart comes and goes. Health is random.
The key is to notice you will not lead the pack and if you do happen to get there, it won’t last long. You will do better if you establish reasonable goals and work at achieving them.
You will grow as a person and you will not be burdened by envy or unreasonable outcomes. Knowing who and what you are is a great advantage
As for the Leafs, there are always the jokes.
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